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According to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey of the United States, approximately 248,300 rape/sexual assault victimizations occurred in 2007.
A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 10 percent of students reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months.
Lastly, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Supplemental Victimization Survey on Stalking, an estimated 3.4 million persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking during a 12-month period.
Dating violence is a very real and growing problem in our society. To address this problem, a “Dating Violence: Prevention & Response” Workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 29, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Shelbyville; on Wednesday, March 30, at Patoka High School; and on Thursday, March 31, at Sandoval High School.
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Fourth Judicial Circuit Office on Violence Against Women Rural Grant Project #2008-WR-AX-0016, the Fourth Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council-S. Gene Schwarm, chief judge; and Regional Office of Education #3, Mark Drone, regional superintendent.
The Dating Violence Workshops on March 30 at Patoka High School and on March 31 at Sandoval High School are provided for Patoka and Sandoval High School students. Parents, guardians and other community members are also invited to attend and must register with Brenda Benton at 292-6477. Parents and community members will be responsible for their own lunches.
Key speakers for this workshop will be Terry Glenn Lilley and Vicki Crompton-Tetter.
Lilley is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. From 1997-2003, Lilley worked as Prevention Educator for The Women’s Center Inc. in Carbondale and Marion.
During this time, he conducted numerous trainings for the students, faculty and staff of junior and senior high Schools across the state. In addition, he has conducted workshops for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Illinois Center for Violence Prevention and other professional organizations. Lilley has also been a trainer for Cultural Bridges, a national group that facilitates anti-oppression, justice-forging workshops. Lilley is the author of Growing Strong Together, a 15-week, anti-violence curriculum targeting high school students.
It was for this curriculum that The Women’s Center was awarded the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention’s PeaceLeader Award in 2000 for Best Practice in School Violence Prevention.
Vicki Crompton-Tetter serves as spokesperson for dating violence prevention. Her own daughter was murdered by a boyfriend.
Her mission is to educate parents, teachers and teens on the signs and symptoms of dating violence. She has appeared on many television talk shows including the Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes.
Her articles on dating violence have been published in Redbook, Teen Magazine and Sugar Magazine. She has done public speaking for 14 years on topics that include teen dating violence, victimization, grief, loss and forgiveness.
She is the author of the book, “Saving Beauty from the Beast.” She holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
Previous dating violence workshops have been held at Altamont, Centralia, Hillsboro, Vandalia, Effingham, Pana, Kaskaskia College, Greenville, Flora, Newton and Taylorville, with near capacity attendance every year. Professionals, educators and students have requested continuation of these workshops as they supply participants with very valuable information and advice for themselves as well as for fellow students, friends and family members.
The workshops will be held from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. A dating violence resource manual will be provided to each participant. For more information, contact Brenda Benton, OVW program director, at 618-292-6477 or email@example.com